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Top 10 products from electronica 2014

November 19, 2014 11:36 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show presented by WDD's very own Janine Mooney and Meaghan Ziemba....

The end of privacy as we know it

November 18, 2014 12:01 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and businesses....

This maglev passenger train goes 501 km/hr

November 18, 2014 8:50 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

You’ve probably heard of maglev technology — or magnetic levitation — where trains float above the tracks and are propelled by magnetic fields. This solves the problems traditionally associated with “normal” trains (like inclement weather), while floating ...

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Chinese stealth fighter could displace the F-35 on world stage

November 17, 2014 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

By the time the US military rolls out the F-35 in full, it’ll face ample 5th-gen competition – and not just a potentially superior Russian Sukhoi T-50, but two Chinese stealth fighters. In an unprecedented show of transparency, China recently showed ...

STEM Student of the Week: Christina Muratore

November 14, 2014 11:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Christina Muratore, Business Process Improvement Analyst II for Horizon ...

Kasey's Korner: Affordable, inflatable incubator

November 14, 2014 11:18 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Dyson just handed out their James Dyson award and this year it’s going to a young inventor who created an inflatable incubator. Incubators, though widely available in modern hospitals, continue to be outrageously expensive, to the tune of up to $45,000...

Connector series includes pin socket version

November 14, 2014 10:19 am | Fischer Connectors | Product Releases | Comments

Fischer Connectors (St-Prex, Switzerland) has extended the Fischer MiniMax connector series with a pin socket version. With the product range extension, the Fischer MiniMax Series is now available both in 19 and 24 pin configuration, giving designers ...

High-temp connector series intended for environments up to 200°C

November 14, 2014 10:03 am | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s (Elgin, IL) new Han High Temp connectors are designed to circumvent the limitations of deploying connectors in hot manufacturing applications up to 200ºC like mold machines and casting equipment. Conventional connector solutions involve ...

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Engineering Update #85: Close-air support in only 6 minutes

November 13, 2014 9:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Since the early days of aerial warfare, infantry has relied on close-air support to even the odds and save their proverbial bacon. But aerial backup often takes a while to arrive — 30-60 minutes on average — and that’s where Raytheon and DARPA ...

Wind farms generate enough power for every home in Scotland

November 13, 2014 8:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

In what is a win for alternative energy (there seem to be more and more these days) the recently released numbers show that during the month of October, wind power generated 126 percent of the energy needed to power every home in Scotland...

Iran clones American UAV, completes test flight (maybe)

November 12, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Back in 2011, Iranian forces captured a U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel UAV near Kashmar before parading the drone for the world to see on Iranian TV. While the U.S. initially denied foul play, stating that it had “lost control” of a drone (not an RQ-170 ...

This robot fights like the Karate Kid

November 12, 2014 8:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you take a look at this recently released video from IHMC Robotics you may feel like you’ve seen these moves somewhere before. This is the Atlas robot build by Boston Dynamics. IHMC did the control algorithm that allows the 330-pound...

QFN socket operates at up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB of insertion loss

November 10, 2014 4:52 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) has recently introduced a new high-performance QFN socket for 0.5mm pitch QFN40. The CG-QFN-7009 socket is designed for 6X6 mm package size and operates at bandwidth up to 10 GHz with less than 1dB....

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Wearable device punishes you for slouching

November 10, 2014 2:29 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the first skills they teach you in the military — if you haven’t mastered it already — is correct posture. If you slouch, a loud, angry man with a Smoky Bear hat will give you a gentle reminder to stand up straight. But even the United States Military stops short....

Watch a drone take off from another drone

November 10, 2014 8:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we like to think you can never have enough drones. So, in the spirit of our drone obsession, I would like to present you with a drone taking off from another drone. It's very meta. I like to think if Isaac Newton was still around, he would ...

Next stop, planet electronica!

November 10, 2014 8:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’ve never traveled outside of the United States, and I’m excited that my first time will be for Electronica 2014 in Munich. The mere thought of the show’s overall size is very intimidating, but I must say, I am really interested to see all of the technological innovations....

Engineering Update Episode #84 Bloopers

November 6, 2014 10:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Editor Kasey Panetta, Digital Editor Jason Lomberg ...

The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Articles | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

Cable tie/bundle product line now includes expandable sleeving

November 5, 2014 4:19 pm | Nte Electronics Inc | Product Releases | Comments

NTE Electronics (Bloomfield, NJ) has expanded their cable tie/bundle management product line to now include expandable sleeving. This flame-retardant expandable sleeving is made of lightweight, self-fitting, braided polyester material that is designed....

High-current terminals feature push-in connection technology

November 5, 2014 4:10 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduces a new line of push-in technology terminal blocks for high-power applications. The PTPOWER 95 provides easier spring connection for wires up to 4/0 AWG than screw connectors traditionally used....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

Why this engineering program is years ahead of the rest

November 4, 2014 8:52 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

When the subject of women in engineering comes up, it's often a discussion about the negatives like the pay disparity or the total lack of women in certain programs. But today's story is a little bit more hopeful. Binghamton University made a big announcement....

Power connector designed for harsh environment applications

November 3, 2014 4:56 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has released the HR41A Series, a small, light plastic power connector that is IP68-rated with advanced lightning surge protection (15 kV) and is well-suited to power applications in outdoor and other harsh environments....

Army "smartsuit" would augment strength and reduce injuries

November 3, 2014 8:18 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

DARPA is busy developing a smart undersuit to provide troops with a host of pertinent data and create a literal Army of super-soldiers. Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit....

Why solar power is the future

November 3, 2014 7:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the main issues with solar and wind power is price. Oftentimes, fossil fuels have a much more attractive price tag and since the infrastructure is mostly already in place, solar and wind is a tough sell. It’s possible to make wind more attractive....

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